EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 26, 2013

World Series trophy in area

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Boston Red Sox fans will have the chance to take their photo with the 2013 World Series Trophy tomorrow in Amesbury, Methuen and North Andover.

The trophy will be set up where families can get a close up look, take a photo, and celebrate the team’s 2013 World Series victory.

The schedule is as follows:

8:30-10 a.m. : North Andover Senior Center120 Main Street, North Andover

10:30 a.m.-noon: Methuen High School cafeteria –1 Ranger Road, Methuen

1-2:30 p.m.: Amesbury High School– cafeteria—5 Highland St., Amesbury

The tour was arranged by the office of State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport.

Atkinson CC employees help one of its own

HAVERHILL — When Karen Holland of Haverhill became ill recently, requiring brain surgery to remove a tumor, her friends from the Atkinson County Club pitched in to help with her in many ways. Holland, a seven year breast cancer survivor, tends bar at the Atkinson Country Club and has not been able to work.

Ray Pellitier, a long time inner club member of the club, quickly and swiftly organized a fundraiser raffle. Chris Lewis, owner of the Atkinson Country Club, donated a platinum membership. Word got out quickly and other members and patrons pitched in with items such as tickets to a Bruins games, Dinner at Preludes, and diamond earrings. One guest who found out about the effort went directly to the store and purchased a 50” flat screen TV.

Raffle tickets are available for $50 each and the drawing will be held on Jan. 4, in the Tavern. For those who may not have $50 at this time of year, “Atkinson Strong” bumper stickers are available for a $5 donation. Tickets and bumper stickers may be purchased in the Tavern at the Atkinson Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, N.H.

YMCA awarded anti-obesity grant

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill YMCA was recently awarded a $2,500 grant to combat childhood obesity by providing physical activity and nutrition education to children in kindergarten through grade eight in an after-school/summer setting. Funding was provided by the Merrimack Valley General Fund (MVGF), a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF).

The YMCA plans to purchase and implement CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) Kids Club curriculum for use in its after-school program. The curriculum offers an easy-to-use format that both children and staff enjoy and is ready to implement. YMCA officials said the curriculum strongly aligns with Health/Education and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards that YMCAs support and adhere to. The Haverhill YMCA’s Executive Director is a certified HEPA trainer and will ensure the integrity of the program and its adherence to standards.

The Merrimack Valley General Fund is a field of interest fund at ECCF serving agencies in the Eastern Merrimack Valley. It funds programs serving the community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, Social and Community Services, and Youth Service. The fund was established when the MVGF merged with the ECCF in 2004. The mission of the ECCF is to promote local philanthropy to strengthen the nonprofit organizations of Essex County.

The ECCF is a catalyst for philanthropy, manager of charitable funds for both donors and nonprofits, a grant maker, teacher and advisor to nonprofits and their boards and a bridge between donors and organizations matching those who want to give with those in need. Learn more at www.eccf.org

Visit the YMCA online at www.northshoreymca.org.

Legends of Haverhill in book

ANDOVER — In 2011, Arcadia Publishing released “Legendary Locals of Haverhill,” an informative and image-rich book featuring some of the city’s most famous characters from the past such as movie mogul Louis B. Mayor, as well as characters from the present such as baseball player Carlos Pena, TV personality Tom Bergeron and author Christopher Golden. The authors, Christopher and Nancy Obert live in Bradford. Recently, Arcadia released “Legendary Locals of Andover” by authors Bill Dalton and Katharine Dalton. The book is filled with 200 images and stories about people who helped make Andover the unique town that it is.

Bill Dalton is a former town moderator and selectman, and is a longtime columnist for the Andover Townsman. Katharine Dalton is a grant writer and former executive director of the Autism Foundation of Georgia.

In their book, they offer stories about characters such Sarah Abbot, Benjamin Punchard, and Yvon Cormier, philanthropists who contributed to Andover’s youth; teachers such as the Stack sisters and Ted Boudreau, who kept Andover’s standards high; literary talents Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mary McGarry Morris, who made life poignant and interesting, and present day characters such as Jay Leno, who keeps America amused.